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To increase food security FAO promotes cassava production in Gaza province

One of the beneficiaries

To develop the sustainable and market-oriented cassava value chain, FAO is promoting cassava production among small farmers in the Massingir and Mabalane districts of Gaza Province so that cassava is no longer just one staple food but also, a product of high energy value and raw material for the processing industry.

This FAO project aims to contribute to improving cassava production and productivity through training of producers and strengthening access to quality planting material, improving the quality of cassava value / access to the cassava market.
With these actions, this EU-funded FAO project aims to stimulate micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to invest in the processing of this product, creating income and employment opportunities in Massingir and Mabalane districts and, thereby contribute to poverty reduction.

This initiative will benefit beyond vulnerable farming communities, particularly smallholder farmers, small-scale informal processors, cassava traders and, eventually, industrial enterprises involved in cassava processing.

By the end of the project planned for December 2018 it is expected that producer groups will be established for the production of quality cassava planting material and that the links and business partnerships between small producers and other key actors in the chain of value are strengthened by facilitating access to developing and / or emerging markets. The project budgeted at more than 500 thousand USD could benefit about 800 producers in both districts.